The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme is Australia's premiere grant scheme for access to high-performance computing (HPC) resources. The two Tier-1 HPC facilities in Australia, the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre, together offer hundreds of millions of hours of computing time to meritorious researchers.
|21 August 2023||Applications open|
|3 October 2023||Applications close at 8:00pm AEDT (5:00pm AWST)|
|4 – 5 December 2023||Allocation Committee meeting|
|18 December 2023||Allocations announced|
|1 January 2024||Access to allocations commences|
The following facilities are making resources available in the NCMAS 2024 call.
- Information for Applicants
- Frequently Asked Questions
- ORCID User Guide
- Application Form - Quick View (Screenshots and descriptions)
- Anonymisation Guide
- Sample Proposal with A3P Comments
- Sample Computational Details with A3P Comments
In 2021, 2022 and 2023, the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador at UNSW conducted a National Trial of Anonymising Research Funding Proposals, in collaboration with Australian research organisations. The aim was to assess whether the anonymised review of proposals reduces unconscious bias in STEM grant programs.
The Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador is currently assessing data for the anonymisation trial from NCMAS 2021, 2022 and 2023. The NCMAS 2024 call for applications will use the same proposal anonymisation protocol used in the NCMAS 2021, 2022 and 2023 calls.
Applications found to blatantly disregard the anonymising guidelines, or to clearly reveal the identities of the applicants, will be considered noncompliant, and be withdrawn from further consideration.
Online Information Sessions
Online information sessions are available every Wednesday at 11:00am AEST (9:00am AWST) from the 30th of August to the 20th (initially it was 27th) of September 2023. These are an important opportunity to find out eligibility details, specific recommendations for NCMAS 2024, and ask any questions you may have.
Register for the sessions here – https://anu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudu2hpj4uG9BrkLmq5LdZHQ-WTnTFNe3e
Online Information Course
Content from the Information Sessions, and video explainers about Anonymisation and Code Scalability are available through an online information course. The online course contains valuable detail about the NCMAS 2024 Call for Applications, how to succesfully handle the anonymisation requirements, and how to complete the code scalability components of the application process.
Register for the course here – https://learning.hpc-australia.org.au/p/ncmas-2024
You can request help by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.